Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Polymer Clay Tutorial: Purple Flower Cane

This cane is really easy!  It would be great for a beginner.  In fact, my 7 year old daughter is wanting to learn some flower canes- maybe I should teach her this one.

Anyway, only two colors involved and it only took be about an hour to make (including color mixing and working out the geometry of the thing).

So here it is:

Purple Flower Cane
(I really couldn't think of a more creative name for this one, sorry.)
equal amounts purple and white clay
translucent clay for background

pasta machine or acrylic roller
tissue blade

Make the purple and white clay into a skinner blend, starting with the shape shown below.  For more info on making a skinner blend, see here.

Make it into a blended log with the white in the middle.

Reduce the log (see here for reducing info) and cut into 3 equal pieces.

Take one of the pieces, further reduce and cut into 4 equal logs.  Cut 3 of these in half the long way.  You will have one whole log and 6 halves.

Reshape the halves to fit around the whole.  You will need to squish the corners toward one another a little to make them narrower and give the cut sides a little curve.  Place the petals around the center.  Set aside for a minute.

Take the other two logs from the original three, cut them in half the short way (for 4 logs) and cut them into thirds the long way.  Stand the log up on your work surface and make a vertical cut straight down the cane. 

Eyeball it a little to see where the next two cuts need to be made.  Cut all four logs into thirds. You'll have 12 wedges.

Place six of the wedges in the grooves around the first row of petals.  Press them on firmly.
 Now use the remaining 6 wedges for the outer row of petals.  Use your fingers to pull and stretch each wedge to make it wider and thinner.  Place them in the grooves around the flower.

Roll out several sheets of translucent clay and wrap the flower 4 or 5 times with it.

Trim the excess background so that the cane is round and not flower-shaped.

Reduce and trim the ends to see your finished cane!



  1. Es preciosa, me gusta mucho como te ha quedado, gracias por compartir el tutorial. Besos

  2. I've always wondered how the design got into the clay log. Very interesting and terrific tutorial!

  3. what a beautiful flower cane!! Thank you for sharing, I will have to try it soon

  4. This is a well photographed and well written tutorial, for as someone else also mentioned a very lovely cane.

  5. That is a really cute cane. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. c'est une très jolie cane, bravo l'effet est très beau
    je vais la faire car elle me plait beaucoup
    bonne journée

  7. Wow, so very cool! I've never seen this craft before. Thank you for sharing.

  8. This is really cool. Kind of looks like a celtic knot!

  9. What a great design and great tutorial. Thank you so much for posting it. Jeannie Havel, www.pcpolyzine.com

  10. Cette cane est vraiment magnifique, merci beaucoup d'avoir partager ton savoir aussi bien. Big kisses from France and thank you very much.

  11. BEAUTIFUL! It reminds me of a Spirograph drawing from my childhood! Thanks for the tut!

  12. Thanks so much for this free tutorial! It really is beautiful.

  13. Beautiful cane, my fellow Trekker and Whovians!
    Rachel D

  14. That was meant to be a singular Whovian.